Quirk’s Players to stage ‘Hello, Dolly!’ in March

Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present the classic Broadway musical “Hello, Dolly!”

Performances are scheduled for Thursday, March 7; Friday, March 8; and Saturday, March 9 in the high school auditorium. Curtain time is set for 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Additionally, there will be a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets will be available at the door.

“Hello, Dolly!” opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway Jan. 16, 1964 and became an instant success. It played for 2,844 performances and won a record 10 TONY Awards — a feat unmatched until Mel Brooks’s “The Producers” captured 12 TONY Awards in 2001.

Based on Thornton Wilder’s play “The Matchmaker,” the show tells the story of widowed Dolly Gallagher Levi who is determined to find a new wife for Horace Vandergelder, the well known half-a-millionaire.

In the process, Dolly helps romance blossom for several couples and allows herself to stop mourning her late husband and re-enter the world of the living.  Set in New York City and Yonkers, NY in the 1890s, “Hello, Dolly!” is an audience favorite.

On Broadway, Carol Channing played the role of Dolly Levi; it became a career defining performance for her. With such a formidable character as the lead, well known actresses later assumed the role as the show continued on Broadway.

During the six-year run of “Hello, Dolly!” Ginger Rogers, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller and Ethel Merman all played the meddling matchmaker.

In 1969, a movie version of “Hello, Dolly!” opened featuring Barbra Streisand as Dolly.

The production features a score that includes such memorable numbers as “Call On Dolly,” “It Takes A Woman”  “Elegance,”  “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,”  “Ribbons Down My Back,”  “Before The Parade Passes By,” and “Hello, Dolly” to name a few.

Starring in GRB’s production of Hello, Dolly! is senior Alexis Pawlewicz as Dolly Gallagher Levi. Mitchell Lalik, also a senior, will play the grumpy and lonely Horace Vandergeler.  Vandergelder’s two store clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker will be played by Brad Crofoot and Logan Carvey, respectively.

The widow Irene Molloy will be played by Amanda Trombly and Mikaela Houck will play Minnie Fay, Molloy’s millinery shop assistant.

Vandergelder’s niece, the whining Ermengarde, will be played by Laura Perwitz.  Her love interest, artist Ambrose Kemper, will be GRB Junior Mark Parry.  The scene stealing Ernestina Money will be portrayed by Katelyn Caza.

Brandon Webb will be Rudolph Reisenweber at the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant, and Grace Trepasso will be play the role of Mrs. Rose.

Additionally, Shane Lacey, a faculty member in the G. Ray Bodley High School Math Department, will appear as the judge.

Members of the ensemble include Lexi Abelgore, Gina Babcock, Zach Barker, Kennedie Coyne, Victoria Eckhard, Abby Field, Tabor Freeman, Alexis Gage, Michael Gerth, Markus Harter, Jeremy Herlowski, Stephen Heywood, David Houck, Kaitlyn Kinney, Dannielle Kline, Rob Lagowski, Alex LaRock, Cecilia Leyva, Michael Mankiewicz, Steven McDougall, Erica Perwitz, Bayley Raponi, Katie Salmonsen, Yann Taddei, Christina Teetsel, Zachary Vaccaro, Krista Vann, Quinn Webb and Max Wood.

Quirk’s Players’ production of “Hello, Dolly!” will also include a children’s ensemble, featuring a few younger students from Fulton elementary schools.  Members of the children’s ensemble include Julie Duval, Raiden Hansen and Abby Mainville from Lanigan Elementary; Mackenzie Hayden and Elena Ruzekowicz from Volney Elementary and Haiden Johnson, Sutter Lewin and Ean Stevenson from Granby Elementary.

Members of the technical crew include GRB students Austin Doyle, Maureen LaGrou, Maranda Mattiaccio, Joe McDermott, Taylor Rose, Jake Strauss, Jessica Suphan and Devyn Viscome.

GRB Junior Anthony Semeraro will play bass in the “Hello, Dolly!” pit orchestra.

The production is under the direction of Tom Briggs, theatre director at G. Ray Bodley High School and faculty advisor to Quirk’s Players.

Thomas Nami, a member of the GRB Music Department, is music director and will conduct the pit orchestra.

Rob Lescarbeau, an English teacher at Bodley, is the assistant director and will serve as technical director/stage manager.  Dances are being choreographed by Doreen Forbes, a teaching assistant at Volney Elementary School. Costumes are being designed by Debbie Ritchey of CNY Costumes. Karen Procopio will coordinate/design wigs, mustaches and hair pieces for the production.

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